On the eve of World War II, one German Jewish family is forced to emigrate and face a new future in America one fraught with degradation big and small, which each person suffers and conquers in a unique way. Egon Schneider, a thriving ophthalmologist and ladies’ man in Frankfort, is reduced to being “the Cheese Man” at a local grocery in Washington Heights; Catrina Harty, a vivacious daughter of dirt-poor Irish immigrants, has fought her way to a comfortable if unhappy spinsterhood; and Meyer Leavitt Egon’s terminally acerbic best friend is a former children’s book author turned sandwich-board salesman turned newspaper columnist. Together they suffer the wonders and indignities of this strange new world — and each other — in the hopes of creating a permanent home.
We Were Strangers Once
- From the Publisher
May 16, 2017
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